He was born
in Zamora, capital-city of its province, on July 14th,
1930. Died in Zaragoza, capital-city of its province, on September 4th, 2010
His musical career shows two basic aspects: his exclusive
dedication to performing vocal music, which has been his
passion throughout his entire life; and the fact that he
has always liked to do it as an amateur, purely out of
In his musical activity we find three clearly
differentiated stages, corresponding to the three
different cities where he has lived throughout his life:
Zamora, Barcelona and Zaragoza.
The first of these stages corresponds to his youth which
he spent in Zamora. It is then that he started his choral
activity (year 1945) as a member of the Choral Group
"Los Luises" (Society of Saint Luis Gonzaga),
although his real vocation and his confirmation as a
choral singer took place at the age of sixteen when he
was admitted in the "Real Coral" of Zamora. Mr.
Casares was a member of this group, founded and directed
by Master Inocencio Haedo Ganza, for ten years, and he
attended practice sessions daily all that time. He became
bass soloist of the "Real Coral de Zamora", and
a favourite student of Master Haedo, who for a long time
gave him daily singing lessons, and became a personal
friend of his. Master Inocencio Haedo was Mr. Casares'
second music teacher, since his first one had been his
paternal grandfather, Ciriaco Casares Hernández, a
professional musician, who taught him music theory and
piano lessons when Mr. Casares was just a little child.
His second stage corresponds to the time he spent in
Barcelona, where he continued his studies of singing with
Madame Marcoff. There, he was a member of several groups
of chamber music ("Alleluia", "Coro de Camara
Ciudad de Barcelona", and "Coral de Antiguos
Escolanos de Montserrat"), where he sang as a bass
soloist, and he was also a bass of the vocal quartet of
the group "Ars Musicae", with old instruments,
founded by Mr. Lamaqa. In addition to this, he
collaborated sporadically with other choral groups, such
as "Coral de San Jordi", directed by D. Oriol
Martorell, or "Coro Madrigal", directed by D.
Manuel Cavero. He was also part of a group without a name
(formed by singers from several other groups, among them
the "Coro del Liceo") dedicated to religious
cult, recordings, dubbings, etc. At that time, the group
"Alleluia" was directed by D. Enrique Gispert,
the group "Coro de Camara Ciudad de
Barcelona", by D. Eugenio Gasull, and the
"Coral de Antiguos Escolanos de Montserrat", by
several directors, among them D. Juan María Aragonés
and D. Leopoldo Massó.
His third stage corresponds to his stay in Zaragoza,
where he has been living since 1966. In addition to
continuing his musical activity as a soloist, he has been
a member of the "Polifsnica Miguel Fleta"
(directed by D. Emilio Reina), and the "Coral
Zaragoza" (directed by D. Luis Nozal). He also
collaborated with the group "Coral de Pina de
Ebro", directed then by D. Andrés Ibiricu.
During this last stage in Zaragoza, he has followed
private courses in harmony. He has attended, since their
beginning in 1984, the music courses organized in the
Balneario de Panticosa by the Municipal Council of
Zaragoza, where he has studied Choral Direction with D. Vmctor
Lumbroso (from the French musical group "A Coeur
Joie") and Vocal Technique with D. Jacques Calatayud
(soloist of the Strasbourg Opera). At the same time and
for ten years he has attended, as a student, the Choral
Music Courses organized yearly in the city of Borja by
the "Centre for the Spreading of Choral Music in
Aragsn". He has also taken part in 15 performances
and one recording with the "Teatro Lírico de
Zaragoza", created in October 1988.
Mr. Casares is the author of a good number of religious
polyphonic works, as well as many harmonizations for
choral singing, especially of popular Spanish songs. He
also owns a considerable collection of polyphonic works
of all times, countries, authors and styles. He belongs
to the Spanish "Sociedad General de Autores"
and is the author of several literary pieces about
various musical themes.